Greg Vaughan Says Firing Was "A Bit Of A Shock"



 

 

Greg Vaughan spoke with On Air On Soaps' Michael Fairman on the heels of his firing from General Hospital, and reveals how he got the pink slip.  

MICHAEL:
So how did you find out the final nail in your version of Lucky’s coffin?

GREG:
It was a bit of shock and there was a call that was made. I went in knowing one of three things; A) I was going to be fired, B) I was going to be put on recurring, C) There was a story coming. But usually your executive does not call you with a story, that is usually done by your head writer, and that only happened once to me in seven years. So I sort of prepared myself going in to it and going in just at ease and peace. It’s not what you want to hear, but if you go in knowing you are a little bit more reserved, and that was my approach. 

Vaughan also shares his take on knowing GH would eventually drop the hammer on him.

MICHAEL:
Did you have any inkling in your gut that this might happen?

GREG:
There was a guy who was coming on the show who is recurring, and he is there now and he said, “How are things going?” And I said, “You know what? I think my days are numbered.” And he said, “No. You’re Lucky Spencer!” I said, “You know what? I know how this system works,
and I know how this show works. I have been here long enough.” It's not that I wanted it to happen, but sometimes things happen for the right reasons. Doors close and others open. Look, I could have been there for a long time. It was a comfort and a great family. I love the people I was with and they were my second family. If you don’t invest in your product then you don’t get a good return, and I was dispensable!

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Greg is such a nice guy. Man, I love him!

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I love how honest he was and he made a LOT of good points in that interview. I hope another soap scoops him up.

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i'm still sad that greg is leaving. he is such a sweetheart and i hope days of our lives snatches him up. he'd be good their as anybody. i'm not so sure about jonathan jackson's return. usually when people return to a role after being gone a long time they aren't very good. it doesn't help that the character of lucky has changed so much in 10 years. look at thom bierdz's comeback. he was just awful when he returned so who says jonathan jackson will be any better. he hasn't been doing a lot of acting these days so he may be rusty at this.

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What class! Greg chose to take the high road, I am impressed that he didn't say one bad thing about his former employers, for me the temtation would be too great consitering the circumstances.

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Hot picture. It's going to make me miss him even more. He's such a class act and always so polite and gracious.

GH was the first soap I fell in love with and it's not the same anymore Sad I can hardly recognize the show I once loved sooo much:
~Tamara Braun
~Alicia Leigh Willis
~Cynthia Preston --FAITH needs to come back Smile
~Robin Christopher
~Rick Hearst
~M'fundo Morrison
~Ted King
~Adrienne Leon
~Leslie Kay
~Wally Kurth
~Dylan Cash (awe my lil'Red head!)

and shoutouts to Ignacio (Diego), the actor that played Diego and Cooper!
I think I'm missing a bunch but it's sad how many actors "I've lost" on the show.

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I hate GH, I really do. (stopped watching around the time Michael was shot)......ABC treats their actors like garbage (Sabine Singh, anyone??)

I hate to make a comment like this, but could J. Jackson not find his niche in Hollywood? (sans a soap?) Greg V. made Lucky his own and, even tho I don't watch -- this recent firing just solidified why I tune out totally of ABC.

I know GV has already been on the Y&R canvas as Diego, but I'd love to have him back in Genoa City as a new character -again paired up w/Sharon (or Chloe, as I'm not yet 'feeling' the Chance stuff -and this is only if they're NOT pairing up My Billy with her again)....cuz I won't be able to stomach an Adam - Sharon match up....or -oooooh Deacon's brother who also falls for Amber? Hmmmm...

Good luck to Greg and his family...too bad his ABC one dumped on him...

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Couldn't they ask Greg to be on a different ABC soap to make the transition a little easier? I believe there is a certain soap opera moving to LA soon and will have some open spots on the cast. Why not let him start fresh there with a new character? The lack of character in Lucky was never Greg's fault, it was the writing. Give him a new character with some decent writing. Didn't Jacob Young leave Lucky for AMC? No wait, I think Greg is too good for ABC writing anymore.

Wherever he goes, I wish Greg the best of luck!

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Manda P, noooo!! LOL! Please don't wish AMC upon GV!! NOOO!!!

I can see his first day's transcripts now:

"New Character Ducky is working out at the Pine Nuts Health & Raquet...in walks Studly Town Hero, Ryan Lavery"

Ryan: 'Sup? hey, dude, do you have any eyedrops?"
Ducky: "Sorry man, no...what do you need those for in a gym?"
Ryan: "ah, well, my eyes bulge when I talk, and since I never shut up, they're always dry..."

Later, getting a drink at Confusion, Ducky is talking to Liza who's trying to jam her tongue down his throat. Ducky tries to get away, and turns -- quickly- running smack dab into.....RYAN!!! (cliffhanger Friday. Teasers promise us "who is this new man in town and what secrets does he hold?")

On Monday, we pick up with Ducky looking scared at the Studly town Hero....Ryan hisses at him "I lost my Gillian...I've lost my ENTIRE family, except my bratty kid, who's a little too 'Drew Barrymore in ET' for me....The most LOVED PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE drove off a cliff in the wedding gown we were to make love upon just a few hours later...I have nothing --but all I asked for was EYEDROPS and you LIED!! I found these in your bag" (holds up a bottle of "Wet-ina Retina" for Ducky to see) "Care to EXPLAIN!?!" he hisses. (literally, hissing)

Duck stutters "those- - they- -those aren't mine?"
Eyeballs blazing, Ryan hisses "THEN WHO'S ARE THEY!!??"

"They're mine" a calm bellow is heard. Studly Town Hero, Ryan turns around slowly to face Zach Slater..."Problem with that?" Zach asks.

Commerical. (and lots of audience yawning. Well, maybe by the recent ratings- - a 1.9, right?, not LOTS of yawning. Some yawning. Yeah, some...)
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So you see?? I think Greg Vaughn would be better off taking his time and (Begging!) Y&R for another job! And as someone who liked his take on Lucky, that would be just ducky for me!

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look at thom bierdz's comeback. he was just awful when he returned so who says jonathan jackson will be any better.

Are you honestly comparing Jonathan Jackson and Thom Bierdz. Thom didn't win three Emmy's for playing Philip Chancellor. Tricia Cast hadn't been on the show for a minute and the moment she came back as Nina it was like she had never left.

it doesn't help that the character of lucky has changed so much in 10 years.

And, again, I must ask how has Lucky changed so much in 10 years ?

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Being a sweetheart does not constitute good acting. For GV to say this was a shock is ridiculous. I have been hearing for months that he was going to get the axe. It's just lucky (pun intended) for us that JJ decided to come back otherwise they would have just killed off the charachter or had him ride off into the sunset. Additionally, to say that JJ has not been doing a lot of acting is just plain wrong. He just finished production for the movie "Kalamity", he had a recurring part on the FOX program Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (before it was cancelled). He was in the Lifetime movie "A Little Thing Called Murder", the movie "Venom", Stephen King's movie, "Riding the Bullet", "Dirty Dancing- Havana Nights". All of these things I mention were just in the last 5 years. I think if you add up the air time it will outweigh the amount of screen time GV has had. Also, sorry to say GV was not a good actor. There were reports that he always came to work unprepared. Never remembered his lines, and caused significant delays in production. I respect GV for the work he did as Lucky simply because I love the charachter, however I say good riddance and can't wait to see JJ in action. If any of you followed his work on GH and his work over the past 10 years you should know that he will be great.

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I was actually turned off by his interview. He states in one portion "We’ve got a budget to make, and if you are not in their good graces, or not up there charming their pants off and bringing the apple to the teacher, then you are the one who is not going to get any work."

Link to full article:
http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/article/articleItem.cfm?cms_article_id=121

So what is he saying, that because he didn't kiss up to them, he got fired. I think he got fired because the lines that they did give him were delivered so boringly. I watch him deliver his lines and think "what if JJ said the same line", would he say it differently, would there be more meaning. The answer is always YES. I fee bad for GV, but he needs to get over it. They aren't firing anyone else on that show to bring back originals it was only him. That is the nature of the business, GV as Lucky was comfortable but that doesn't cut it right now. Especially when the life of soaps hang in the balance. It's just a matter of time before all the soaps are cancelled unless they revamp which is what they are doing with JJ's return.

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It's true though if your not part of the "main" three actors/characters aka Sonny, Jason and Luke (strangely Lucky is Luke's son) but TPTB just didnt like GV's Lucky so they didnt write for him they only write for there chosen people, or they bring in characters they've created "Ethan, Rebecca, Claudia" that they want to use instead.

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I agree somewhat however, GV could have done better with the stuff they gave him. The chemistry between he and Becky was a snooze fest (wedding, jakes paternity, even the carnival). That's why the LIASON group is so big. At least when Steve and Becky are in a scene together, they rock! I grant you that TPTB seem to revolve the show around Sonny, Jason and Luke, but I think the decision to bring back JJ shows they are committed to giving the fans better stories and better acting. When I watch GV scenes now I cringe, he is not believable as the love of Elizabeth's life.

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I think he's being quite honest and refreshing. He understands the reality of GH - they have their agendas and their favorites, and if you're outside of that, you get the shaft. And the truth is that for all soaps, storytelling has become a business rather than a passion, with the exception being OLTL, and if GH thinks they can raise ratings with this, then they'll do it with no regrets on who they crap upon along the way.

Just when they are starting to build another story that should really involve Lucky in a meaningful way, they choose to replace him rather than showing any confidence that he could handle the material. I'm not saying he's the world's greatest actor, but he was more than capable of handling the part and shone during the drug storyline. Then GH slaps him in the face with this.

He's got a right to be just a little bitter, IMO. And yet, he chooses to take the high road and feel grateful for his chance, rather than wallow in self-pity or engage in some sort of pissing contest by running to every publication, a la Eric Braeden.

He was a great ambassador for this show, and a fan favorite. I don't begrudge Jonathan Jackson coming back (in fact, I'm looking forward to it), but I know that Greg deserved one heck of a lot more respect than this show gave him.

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Beth I think you put that beautifully. I dont begrudge JJ coming back, but I agree that Greg deserved better.

TerrificTam you made me sad looking at that list

GoYankess I posted some comments in perkie's obs thread two days ago comparing this situation to the one with AMC's RB and SS. I totally agree with you.

I am sad to see GV go and hope he lands somewhere where he will get decent airtime and a powerful story. I would love to see him go on to be even more successful. The best revenge is living a good life.

I was sort of surprised that the main people he has worked with didnt make a bigger deal of his leaving. I did like the shout out to Kelly. Their real life friendship really came across on screen and I think really sold the LuSam pairing.

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Don't you all remember when Tyler Christopher came back to the role of Nikolas? There was no love lost between the actor that filled that role while Tyler pursued other opportunities. Tyler was gone for 3 years and they had no problem firing one actor to bring him back. Again I will say it....it's the nature of the business. Fact remains, GV wasn't a great actor especially in the role of Lucky. He had many storylines besides the drug one that he could have shown his acting chops. Just because they weren't as dramatic as the drug one doesn't mean there weren't opportunities. One good job at a storyline does not an actor make. I hope GV lands something else as well, because I don't think Lucky was the charachter for him. IMO, it seems like GV is placing blame on the writers for why he couldn't show us what he could really do. That's just wrong.....if you are a good actor you can make any line work. Just look at the crap they are throwing Sonny....dumb storylines and yet Maurice still makes it work. I wish GV the best, but wishes he would just suck it up and move on. He had 7 good years, got paid and should now move on. You should never put your eggs all in one basket anyway, so he should have known to look for other jobs (which he did, from what I have read). Good luck GV, but HELLO JJ!

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"Fact remains, GV wasn't a great actor especially in the role of Lucky. "

Thats an opinion. Many of us enjoyed him in the part and thought his work on the drug storyline was Emmy worthy. Moreover I think there is a big difference between having a stupid storyline (MB at times) and no story.

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i agree that he could go back to Y&R and be paired w/ Sharon or Chloe. Diego and Chloe would be much better than Chance. He could totally spice up that soap

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"Moreover I think there is a big difference between having a stupid storyline (MB at times) and no story."

GV had storylines. The many weddings he and Elizabeth shared, the kidnapping of Jake, Jakes paternity, the hopital outbreak, carnival, etc. My statement about GV not being a good actor is definitely an opinion only. It's not like I am a casting director or anything (lol). My only point is that, IMO, GV did not do Lucky any justice while he was in the role. I enjoyed his drug storyline as well, but that was the only thing I liked. No disrespect to GV fans and I have no doubt he will go onto to other projects but sometimes people aren't cut out for certain roles and IMO, thats GV as Lucky.

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Yes but in all the storylines you mentioned he was reacting or an after thought. He married Lizard and five seconds late he was flat on his back from the train crash. While everyone else was dealing with these big dramatic moments every day we got five minutes of him moaning with Lizard saying everything will be okay.

Jake's kidnapping was all Eliesalot and Sam in the cabin and then JaSam saving him with the Russians. Lucky's big contribution to that storyline -- let me try to recreate the line -- UM do you really think its a good idea to send the girls alone to a remote place - a smart idea that was promptly ignored by everyone.

The hospital outbreak, he had a few good scenes but they were the same scenes we have seen a million times - remember lizard when we use to eat eli's ribs you were my first love and his part was mostly holding her hand while SHE had lines. then we went right back to kate, olivia, claudia, carly, sonny, jason, sam, spin, maxie and johnny having real storylines.

Even the hot LuSam story was mostly told off screen and the carnival story was mostly a Jiz and JaSam story.

Sorry but I dont consider those to be opportunities to shine.

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I toally agre with your posts GHLOVER.

"He had many storylines besides the drug one that he could have shown his acting chops. Just because they weren't as dramatic as the drug one doesn't mean there weren't opportunities. One good job at a storyline does not an actor make."

GV was not a good actor, and was dissed on many sites and by how many blogger in the soap genre.

For him to say it was a surprise, is frankly surprising.

I am always amazed at how come they don't take acting class, they have a great pay, and I take courses to keep abreast of my field, why would they not!

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Greg is a real class act. I'm afraid GH might lose it in the ratings once JJ return to the show. Greg proved for years that he totally owns the role. It's a great loss for the show and the cast, but I'm impressed how classy Greg is and how professional he handled the whole situation TPTB put him in.

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I have to agree with those who say GV just wasn't right for the Lucky we loved, but I for one don't want to disparage GV. As for all the changes in character, I feel like that was GV and when JJ returns he will be fine in whatever choices he makes because quite simply he is Lucky. As for the ratings I think improvements in the writing as a whole are the only thing that will provide more than a bump in the ratings.

I wish GV all the best and at the same time I have waited a long time for JJ.

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GV wasnt the best recast in the world but that was the GH casting departments fault he did wonderful in the drug addiction storyline and I loved his marriage to Liz at Wyndamere but every other storyline dealt with Liz and Jason. To say GV is a bad actor is crazy he has done well with what he has been given.

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I understand where some of you are coming from however, the reason I believe he wasn't given the lines (as you say), was because when he delivered them it wasn't believable. The drug storyline was good but thats it. So what, he can show that he can act like a drug addict? Big deal. Can he show the romance between to iconic charachters? No. I believe had he shown that he could deliver those simple lines, then they would have given him more to work with. If you can't even deliver the easiest of lines, what kind of actor are you? I also don't agree that the ratings are going to drop with JJ's return. I would be willing to bet that the ratings increase dramatically because people are excited about the chemistry that JJ and Becky have together. Even if they ruin the Liz and Lucky relationship, JJ will still shine. He has the ability to pull emotions out of you when you watch him. We shall see.....again I like GV, wish him well but am looking forward to JJ's return.

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I think ratings will go up. Every old school return has raised ratings at least short term because it appeals to those that have lapsed.

About the chemistry between lucky and lizard - it takes TWO to have chemistry. Some actors just dont click. I think the chem between KeMo and GV was smoking hot and I believed every moment between them, not matter how few there were. I think there was a strange chemistry between GV and KS that really couldnt develop because of what the storyline was all about. He had a good chemistry with NL as well and I would have LOVED LOVED LOVED to see him tested with Megan Ward - i think those two together would have been amazing. GV and ReH had chemistry in the beginning and they had a good feel to their relationship in terms of the parenting scenes. For me, I thought it seemed like Becky was sleep walking through their scenes towards the end of their first marriage and beyond - she was bored and for me it showed. I dont see how that can be blamed solely on GV. I say the same about tc and nl. They are clearly tired of the Nik/Em dance and it shows in their scenes. Towards the end MB seemed to be phoning it in with MW.

All I will say is that there seemed to be some sort of tension between Becky and Greg at GHFCW and I think the comment about her leaving him voice mail was odd. Maybe he felt shafted by how much she pushed for Jiz. Maybe she felt shafted by how much he pushed for LuSam. Who knows. But I dont think you can judge an actor's capabilities by how just ONE pairing comes across.

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I believe ratings will go up, too. I will tune in for it, and I haven't been faithful to GH in a decade. I love Jonathan Jackson!

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Terms of Endearment-Debra Winger and Shirley Maclaine hated each other, not disliked, hated, both nominated for Oscars, Shirley wins and still can't help taking a dig at Ms. Winger, did either performance suffer? I know that 3 months on a movie set is not the same as 2-5 days a week for years but great actors are great actors.

Blaming RH for GV is ridiculous. There are people who loved GV in the role and people who didn't, unfortunately, the producers and head writer seem to have been among the people who didn't. It is impossible to have a career in soaps without working opposite a few hair models and vets who have been phoning it in for years, true actors manage to make it work.

I will say again I am not disparaging GV but the only people to blame for his firing are the people who fired him and released a false statement about said firing.

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"But I dont think you can judge an actor's capabilities by how just ONE pairing comes across."

I'll give you that. I think I am just really excited about JJ's return that I am placing all the blame on GV. In any interviews that I have read with GV and Becky, they seem to have had a real respect for each other so I am not convinced that they were bored with each other on set. I pose this to you....when you watch GV in his last few scences on GH, really think about how he is delivering the lines, however small or ridiculous they are....and think...could he do better? I just watched today's episode and the hug between he and Tony seemed very insincere. GV was too saccharin for me and I am seeing more clearly now that I know he is gone. I mean when he was there, I accepted him because I didn't have anything to look forward to, but now that JJ is back, I am excited to see what he will bring.

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Uggh I am not blaming ReH for GV getting fired. I am saying that you cant blame a pairing not working on one actor because it takes two any more than you can say a pairing works because of one actor and not both. Nor was I saying that they hated each other or that any of the other actors I mentioned hated each other or that whenever there is tension it always leads to bad work. Just once can my comments not be expanded to mean more than just what was said. I said the other day I think JJs chem with ReH was better than GVs, however I think GV had great chemistry with a number of other leading ladies on the show and I attribute part of that problem in later times to be related to the fact that boredom can set when scenes are repeatative. TO ME, ReH looked bored and whenever she was interviewed it read as if she was pushing for a new pairing. Moreover, sometimes its in what isnt said as much as what is. I also witnessed tension between the two at GHFCW. It wasnt that they fought or glared (they didnt) but while every other twosome that shared a table interacted quite a bit, there was very little interaction between the two and all that I did see seemed very business oriented. BA and KS were playful with each other, the often talked in between, and many of the fans were given joint pictures. NL was seated with JI and those two were clearly affectionate with each other. Even DZ and RM - those two told jokes and picked on each other the entire time. BB and LLC were touchy feely with each other. I didnt see any of that between GV and ReH.

GHLuver I dont know what to tell you - its just a personal preference. I like GVs style. I liked him on Charmed, I liked him on GH, I will like him on whatever show signs him next. No, he isnt laurence Olivier, but I dont think JJ is either. I thought JJ was really really good in the movie about the Kimes mother and son. pretty good in Deep End of the Ocean. Decent in Tuck Everlasting and blah in Riding the Bullet. None of those movies were big hits, none of them made big money and with the exception of the Kimes movie none of them got much buzz. I loved JJ as Lucky back in the day but mostly for the Liz rape story - I give him credit for that, but lets not forget that was one hell of a story and ReH was incredible in that too so he had a lot to work with. Mardou pointed out in the obs thread the other day JJ will be better in this role because the writing will be better and that is probably better for the show. Begrudgingly I probably agree, although that just fuels my anger at tptb for not writing for GV (and RiH and Sjb, and MW and....) So I will try and keep an open mind - I am sure I will feel good about JJ again, but I will still miss GV.